TRIGGER WARNING for anti-black racism, simulation of cannibalism/genital cutting
WOW, ok. so this is an addition to the photo/article I posted earlier about this cake. Apparently it is more than just edible, it is an art piece that cries out/screams as it is being cut.
The artist is a mixed black woman, Makode Linde, and makes lots of art about race. Putting this cake into context, makes it much more acceptable as a radical piece designed to cause discomfort to the Whites who will cut & consume it. The problem then is not the cake, which simply exists as a tool through which to provoke and showcase lingering racist and colonialist attitudes and practices, but rather those who are comfortable partaking in it.
And I think Linde is a genius now.
More context. I don’t know if I can think that critically about this yet.
My problem from the beginning was the happy white people partaking in it…I didn’t have much to say about the cake itself because I thought the point was to be “here’s this obviously fucked up thing, let’s see what white people do with it”.
And as usual, white people obliged.
If the cake and performance was supposed to cause discomfort, it completely failed on that part. While the cake itself was a very visually jarring thing to see, what really made my stomach drop and chest tighten was how happy the white people were. They were completely content that the cake they were so readily cutting into was screaming out in obvious pain. They were ecstatic that the cake they were eating was supposed to symbolize a Black woman’s body. They didn’t think twice about it. Even the ones we didn’t see cutting into the cake were happily standing by, snapping pictures and laughing. It was just so disturbing.
More fucked up things to add. The head was obviously a white person in blackface. The piece on the plate…it was cut…from the (ugh I feel sick just typing it out)…it was cut from the genital area.
This is some sociopathic evil racism.
I thought I was going to be sick. I couldn’t even make it through the whole clip. I didn’t think it’d be so…realistic looking. The sounds coming from it, it was moving. And the people are just…smiling, laughing and eating their fucking cake like it’s nothing.
I used to hunt game and don’t consider myself squeamish but this was so fucking disturbing.
Those folk just seem to finding the whole experience so *enjoyable*